The impact of high-level isolation units beyond high-consequence pathogen preparedness

Jennifer Andonian, Kelsie E. Galusha, Lisa Maragakis, Brian Thomas Garibaldi

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Abstract

In response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) funded the creation of 10 Regional Ebola and Other Special Pathogen Treatment Centers (RESPTCs) across the United States. These high-level isolation units are designed to provide care for patients infected with high-consequence pathogens, such as viral hemorrhagic fevers, in an environment that is safe for patients, staff, the hospital, and surrounding communities. This commentary describes the impact on infection prevention and preparedness that the Johns Hopkins biocontainment unit has on the hospital and health system beyond the unit itself. Training, research projects, and collaborative partnerships conducted by a high-level isolation unit team while the unit is not activated for patient care can enhance infection prevention, multidisciplinary training and innovation, personal protective equipment design and testing, clinical skills, and infection prevention beyond the isolation setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-73
Number of pages5
JournalHealth Security
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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Keywords

  • Biocontainment unit
  • High-level isolation unit
  • Hospital preparedness

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  • Emergency Medicine
  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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The impact of high-level isolation units beyond high-consequence pathogen preparedness. / Andonian, Jennifer; Galusha, Kelsie E.; Maragakis, Lisa; Garibaldi, Brian Thomas.

In: Health Security, Vol. 17, No. 1, 01.01.2019, p. 69-73.

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